Arif Alvi calls for exploiting country’s gigantic tourism potential

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi yesterday said today’s Pakistan was a land of opportunities but there was a need to exploit the vast tourism potential of the country.

Speaking at a tourism summit here, the president said the present government was following a comprehensive policy for promotion of tourism in the country which would not only exploit the unexplored tourism spots but also unleash economic opportunities in the country.

The president said tourism opportunities was a jewel for Pakistan and northern areas of the country were more attractive than the tourism resorts of the entire world. He said after restoration of peace in Pakistan there had been a significant increase in number of tourists to northern areas of Pakistan.

Dr. Alvi said there were vast opportunities of religious and traditional tourism in Pakistan and a lot of remittances could be gained from promotion of tourism in the country and added that country had large opportunities of heritage tourism as well.

The president said Prime Minister Imran Khan himself was very fond of tourism and he was taking personal efforts for promotion of tourism in the country.

The government had taken a number of initiatives in that regard but stressed that a responsible development for promotion of tourism was must, said Alvi.

The president also stressed the need for more facilities for travelers and added that the government would provide facilities but the private sector would have to come forward to make it a success.

Pakistan had a great tourism potential but there was a dire need to exploit it and promote it at domestic and international levels.

State Minister for Interior Shaharyar Khan Afridi, Ali Muhammad Khan, Members of Parliaments, diplomats and a number of tour operator from various countries were present on the occasion. -APP